By Staff, Go By Truck News, January 11, 2018
According to Cathy Gautreaux, deputy administrator at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the motor carrier industry is “on the cusp of revolutionary changes” in the way freight and people are moved, and government regulations need to keep pace.
Speaking at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board on January 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C., Gautreaux predicted that technological innovation coupled with deregulation will be the agency’s focus in coming years.
“Transportation is on the verge of one of the most transformational eras in history,” Gautreaux said. “I have witnessed the evolution of the industry from economic to safety regulation over the last 32 years. Technology is the next frontier… and I am excited for what the future holds.”
The agency is working on several projects focused on technology to help truck and bus drivers do their jobs safely, including:
- Research and testing on automatic emergency braking systems
- A project to develop cybersecurity “best practices” related to vehicle technology
- Research on sensor and braking performance
Technology can only advance, however, if regulations don’t stand in the way, she said.
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